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Old 07-27-2014, 01:06 PM   #1
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Lil Snoozy jack knife sofa

We are shopping, so please excuse all my questions about various kinds of eggs!

So, the Lil Snoozy is looking good. And DH and I don't like to climb over each other in the middle of the night, so we are looking for something with two beds. (1) But I'm wondering how long a bed that jack knife sofa is when folded out. I'm 5'9" and would like a bed of 6' minimum. I'd be happy to stick my feet out under the big bed if necessary.

(2) Where does the table and post go at night?

(3) Surge Activated Brakes?? How / does that work? Every other camper seems to have electric brakes.

(4) Do the cushion covers have zippers?

(5) For a TV - do they set up the wiring for you? (I want an window on the "entertainment" wall, so am thinking of a TV mounting (small TV) attached to the side of that cabinet that is kind of in the middle of the counter top.)

OK, well, I should probably be asking them instead of you'all! But if you know the answer, it's appreciated!
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:57 PM   #2
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Hi, Sallye!

I'm not the expert with these answers, but I have a few thoughts to add. The jack-knife sofa is a pretty short bed - I think it is around 60" or so. But, Lil Snoozy does make a model with twin beds, which may be of interest to you.

Or, maybe you can help me to convince them to start making an island-double-bed model. That is my dream camper. I emailed them a concept floorplan a while back, but didn't hear anything (email is generally not the best way to communicate with trailer companies). If they don't start making such a model, I plan to buy an empty shell and make my own.

Surge brakes are common on boat trailers, although most RVs do have electric brakes. I believe this is because electric brakes are cheaper for the manufacturer. Snoozy does have an option for electric brakes if you prefer.

I didn't answer all your questions, but hopefully that gave you a start.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:17 PM   #3
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brakes

So if surge brakes are more expensive, are they better? From what I understand, they use them because it eliminates some wiring with the hookups. I'm more interested in safely than cost. I'll gladly pay a little more if a thing is safer.

The bed - that's what I was afraid of. But from the pictures of that storage area under the big bed, they could easily add a compartment there that is as wide as the sofa bed and about 10 or 12 inches deep and at the right height so that I could put a 4" cushion in there for my feet. I plan on some sort of sleeping bag bedding anyway for anything I have to put away every day.

I'll ask them.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:22 PM   #4
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Surge versus Electric.

The advantage of electric brakes to me is that you can activate electric brakes from your tow vehicle, handy if the trailer begins to sway. I don't believe you can activate surge brakes from your tow vehicle.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #5
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In my experience, over 50 years, jack knife sofas are definitely not comfortable. We had a 2011 stickie with a jack knife and it was horrible.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:34 PM   #6
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the jack sofa is for company ( uncomfortable therefore they dont stay long ) kidding I 5 10 to short I have slept on it not to good
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We had a Jackknife sofa in our motor home and it was as comfortable as the Queen bed and as big.

I think it depends on the type.
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:10 PM   #8
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:18 PM   #9
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twin bed

We have the twin bed model they made in 2013 Denny Wolf made a twin bed model also go look up lil snoozy under Denny and go into his blog and see how he did his .
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:13 PM   #10
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no worries!

I'm not worried that the sofa is uncomfortable. Looking carefully, I realized that if I top the sofa with my air mattress (or maybe a real mattress), then my feet can stick out into the main bed. DH can sleep diagonally in the big bed, and I can sleep with my feet on the main bed. Not ideal maybe, but I usually sleep curled up into a ball anyway.

Or, maybe I could just get them to mount the sofa on a taller box! We are both fairly tall. The table would need a longer pole too.
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As a former Snoozy owner, I can verify that the jack knife sofa is very comfortable to sit on but miserable to sleep on.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:18 PM   #12
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The jackknife sofa sits over the fresh water tank and there's
no room to put it any lower unless they've changed things.

EDIT: Didn't see you wanted to put feet ON bed.
was thinking you wanted to put feet under bed...........LOL
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:21 PM   #13
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Sofa up!

No, I want to raise the sofa, not lower it. That way it will be level with the other bed, which is my goal. But, adding a mattress on top might work better anyway.
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Old 07-27-2014, 07:29 PM   #14
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Perhaps you could dispense with the sofa and have a thick
square cushion made for it and use the back cushion on top
of the seat cushion when using for a bed.?
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